A Successful Corn Harvest Creates A Heart of Thanksgiving


With many of us here at Penna Electric turning keen eyes to the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, we often wonder what we should be thankful for.

As one of the most celebrated holidays in America, Thanksgiving commemorates the piety and perseverant nature of the nation’s earliest settlers: the Pilgrims. Like many other historical harvest festivals, such as the Greek Haloa in honor of Demeter, or the Jewish Feast of the Tabernacles, Thanksgiving positively bursts with longstanding tradition, with the original feast still retaining many similarities to the annual holiday that Americans have come to know and love.

The First Thanksgiving

On September 6th 1620, a group of English Dissenters of the Puritan Sect set sail aboard a ship called the Mayflower in order to free themselves from religious persecution. Two different groups made up the Pilgrims: the “Separatists,” who considered themselves saints, and everyone else onboard, referred to by the Separatists as the “Strangers.” The two groups made an agreement known as the Mayflower Compact, a social contract that ensured a stable form of government with its own rules and regulations. Sixty-five days of miserable living later, they arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

With the coming of the winter season, settling into the foreign land proved extremely difficult. According to primary accounts, the settling Pilgrims dwindled down to less than fifty. Their saving grace lay with the Patuxet Native American Squanto, a kind soul amongst the Wampanoag tribe who taught the struggling colonists how to start their own corn farms and how to hunt eel. A grand feast was arranged to celebrate this profusion of food after a successful harvest, and, in 1623, two years after this feast, the first true Thanksgiving celebration occurred after a fourteen-day fasting and a day of much-needed rainfall.

A New National Holiday

The practice of marking good fortune with celebration spread quickly throughout Europe and the United States. The new nation’s leaders would hold festive activities to recognize notable achievements, where George Washington declared a Thanksgiving Day in 1795, and John Adams declared two in 1798 and 1799. During Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, in 1863, he introduced Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday, an idea lobbied to him by renowned editorialist Sarah Josepha.

President Franklin Roosevelt attempted to extend the Christmas holiday season by moving Thanksgiving Day up one week. However, disputes arose among scholars. In the end, Roosevelt signed a bill declaring that Thanksgiving would be celebrated every fourth Thursday of November, a policy that is followed to this day.

The Modern Day Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving has changed to no longer reflect the religious values that it used to in the past. Instead, the celebration emphasizes cooking and sharing meals with friends and family. The most significant symbols of the event lie within the foods that Americans prepare. Many of us with Penna Electric insist that it isn’t quite Thanksgiving without at least one of the traditional dishes prepared for the family.

A large number of Americans associate Thanksgiving with turkey, an association that can be traced back to the first Thanksgiving festival, where William Bradford wrote “There was great store of wild Turkeys, of which they [Pilgrims] took many, besides venison…” In addition, corn was a staple food for the Pilgrims, since the Native Americans helped the Pilgrims cultivate enough corn to guarantee survival during the winter season. As a result, corn is a staple food for the feast. Cranberries, like turkey and corn, are associated with Native American benevolence as well. The local Indians taught Pilgrims how to prepare cranberry sauce, which they called “ibimi.” When the colonists set foot in America, they renamed it crane-berry, due to the cranberry’s long-shaped flowers that resembled the neck of a crane.


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Be careful this Thanksgiving. This holiday is responsible for more homes fires than any other day of the year. We’ve prepared a few tips to help keep you and your family safe:

  1. Minimize risk and ruining electrical equipment by not overload your electrical outlets in the kitchen or anywhere else for that matter.
  2. Unplug any unused appliances that could accidentally be turned on or left on. Ovens, bun warmers, stove tops, and small grills.
  3. Make sure to test your smoke alarms and ensure they work. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher nearby.
  4. Facing pot handles towards the rear of the stove can save them from being knocked over and scalding people nearby.


In this same spirit of Thanksgiving, Penna Electric appreciates the support that it has received from its customers. This company, which was founded in 2007, has grown to become one of the most efficient electrical service providers. The growth that we have experienced is due entirely to our esteemed and faithful clients.

We thank you for your continued support and loyalty, and the feedback we receive for our services allows us to continue to reach new heights. Erika’s remarks embody our pursuit to ensure all our technicians go above and beyond.

“After having numerous electricians leave jobs half-done or being unreliable, I didn’t know what to expect. Jermin arrived to do the electrical work, and did FAR beyond what I could have imagined. He went above and beyond, and the job was much more complex than I originally had projected. He stayed hours beyond the scheduled call time to be sure to complete the job, and was friendly and helpful throughout the process. I can’t imagine any other electrician being so thorough and helpful.”

Thanks Todd and Jermin!

Erika S.
Santa Monica, CA

In light of the holiday to come, there’s never been a more appropriate time for us to give thanks. May we all count our blessings while we enjoy the company of friends and family.


Todd Penna
Owner, Penna Electric